Sun, 01 Aug 2021

One of two reformists approved to run in Iran's June 18 presidential election has withdrawn his candidacy.

Iranian media report that Mohsen Mehralizadeh, a 64-year-old former vice president, withdrew on June 16 -- the last day of the election campaign.

He was one of only two reformists permitted to run in the election to replace President Hassan Rohani, who has served the maximum two consecutive terms.

Mehralizadeh's withdrawal leaves six candidates in a race that is widely expected to be won by ultraconservative judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi, seen as close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears to be the front-runner after the disqualification of several candidates considered as viable challengers.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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